Chief executive officer of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer, has revealed that he will retire sometime in the period of the next 12 months, compared to his initial plan to step down in the midst of the firm’s transition to a devices and service company.
Yahoo! attracted more search traffic in the United States than Google during July, proving that Marissa Mayer’s switch from Google to Yahoo! is proving effective. According to rankings from comScore, nearly 197 million individuals visited a Yahoo! website last month, next to 192 million for Google.
The American multinational corporation, Google, briefly experienced an outage which in return generated a 40 per cent fall in web traffic.
Mobile phone company, Motorola, who are owned by Google, has announced that it will be launching a phone that is “always listening” for the owner’s voice commands. By saying “OK Google now” the Moto X’s Touchless Control system will be prompted to listen to instructions.
According to the Online Retail Monitor, which is compiled by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Google, the amount of retail web searches made via tablet devices was 132 per cent up against the same period last year. The research, which monitors searches regarding retail via search engines, found that tablets are being used twice as often as they were last year.
Changes made by Google in its search functionality have negatively affected price comparison website Moneysupermarket.com, reducing its visitor numbers. The company on Thursday said: “Group trading in the second quarter was slower than the first quarter. This was principally because of a lower rate of growth in the Insurance vertical, arising substantially following changes made by Google to its natural search algorithms, reducing our visitors and revenues from natural search in the month of June in the highly competitive insurance search area.
BlackBerry’s long-awaited service, Secure Work Space app, will enable government agencies and corporate clients to secure and manage data in devices on their internal networks through BlackBerry Enterprise Service(BES) 10.
Consumer pressure has paid off as coffee giants Starbucks Corp announce they have paid their corporation tax for the first time since 2008. Coincidentally, prices of some Starbucks products have suffered a 10 cent rise in US operated coffee houses. The company neglected to mention whether or not the British corporation tax scandal had a knock-on effect to its US operations.
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